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The Pug is a breed of toy dog that most believe that the Pug is a greatly scaled down relative of the Tibetan Mastiff and which probably originated in China. They were prized possessions of the Emperors of China and lived in a most luxurious atmosphere and at times were even guarded by soldiers. Records show that three types of short nosed dogs were bred by the Chinese. They were the Lion dog, the Pekinese and the Lo-sze. The Lo-sze or "Foo Dog" was the ancient Pug. The name comes from the Latin word pugnus, meaning "fist," a reference to the shape of the dog's face. They were taken on trading ships to Holland, where it became popular with the royal family of the time, the house of Orange after one saved the life of William, Prince of Orange, by warning the prince of the approach of Spanish troops at Hermingny; as a result, pugs became the symbol of Orangists, people who supported the royal family, and is often referred to as the Dutch Pug. The breed is believed to have been introduced in Britain by William III of Britain. The pug has a short muzzle and a tightly curled tail. It is a squarely built, muscular dog, with a large head, prominent dark eyes, and small, drooping ears. Its coat is short and glossy; colour is given in the breed standard as black or as silver or apricot fawn, with a black line on the back and a black mask on the face. Typically loyal and alert, the pug is a valued companion dog. A Pug's character is unique in that he is a clown at heart with a terrific sense of humor but at the same time he carries himself with great dignity. They are not too delicate for fun and games. A pug is anxious to please,anxious to learn and anxious to love. His biggest requirement is that you love him back.



Life expectancy: 12 to 14 years
Color: Silver, apricot, fawn or black, black mask and ears and black trace along back
Eyes: dark, very large, globular
Coat type: Fine, smooth, short and glossy
Size: 14-18 pounds; generally compact
Health issues: The Pug catches cold easily and is stressed by hot and cold weather. This breed is prone to allergies, skin problems, and chronic breathing problems. The Pug is not the easiest whelper; expect Cesarean Section if breeding. There is a chance of keratites (inflammation of the cornea) and ulcers on the cornea. The delicate eyes are prone to weeping. This dog tends to wheeze and snore, but on the whole is a very easy-care dog. It is important not to overfeed the Pug, as it eats more than is good for it, quickly becoming obese and living much shorter lives.
Living conditions: The Pug is good for apartment life. It is relatively inactive indoors and will do okay without a yard. This breed cannot withstand hot or cold weather and should be kept indoors at a comfortable temperature.

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